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China reported its first Covid death in more than six months with the arrival of WHO investigators

China reported its first Covid death in more than six months with the arrival of WHO investigators

Medical workers collect swab samples from residents at the Covid-19 Community Test Site in Qiaoxi District in Shijiazhuang, capital of northern China’s Hebei Province, January 7, 2021.

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Mainland China announced on Thursday its first new Covid-19 death since May as authorities try to control a spike in cases just outside Beijing.

Official media reported that a woman in Hebei province died Wednesday afternoon, indicating that her illness is a serious condition and that she suffers from pre-existing health conditions.

The province surrounds Beijing and started reporting a rapid increase in coronavirus cases earlier this month. In less than two weeks, the authorities did Shijiazhuang closed And the Other parts of Hebei Province In an effort to prevent the disease from spreading.

Hebei Province reported 81 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, bringing the number of current cases to 463. The northernmost province of Heilongjiang recorded 43 new confirmed cases on Wednesday.

The National Health Commission recorded the death Wednesday in its daily report on the local Coronavirus case, which is the first addition to the total toll since May 2020.

This brings the total deaths from the Corona virus in mainland China to 4,365 people. The The first reported death from Covid-19 It was January 11, 2020, in Wuhan, where the disease first appeared in late 2019.

A team from the World Health Organization (WHO) arrived in Wuhan on Thursday to investigate the origin of the virus, along with Chinese scientists, according to state media.

The Chinese government has backed away from the implications that Covid-19 came from China. After the peak of the outbreak in the country early last year, authorities have attributed subsequent cases to foreign sources.

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